The British diplomat Fergus Cochrane-Dyet who was expelled in Malawi has been appointed British High Commissioner to Zambia in succession to James Thornton, who has transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment.
Fergus Cochrane-Dyet was told to leave Malawi after he was quoted in a leaked cable as saying the late president Bingu wa Mutharika and his DPP government was dictatorial.
Following Cochrane-Dyet’s expulsion, UK also ordered Malawi’s high commissioner to leave London in tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions.
The sour diplomatic relations between Malawi and the United Kingdom (UK) ended during the reign of Joyce Banda as the Lilongwe and London exchanged envoys.
Cochrane-Dyet will now be closer to Malawi on a diplomatic tour of duty to the neibhouring country. He willtake up his appointment in Zambia during April 2016.